Learn the basics of using a sewing machine and essential techniques to get started with sewing.
Sewing can be overwhelming with all of the features and moving parts but it does not have to be.
In this class we will go over basic skills and techniques to help you get comfortable with using your sewing machine progress towards other projects or classes. The project you'll make at the end of the class is a simple pin cushion. In the live, instructor-led class, I want to spend as much time as necessary with you to grasp the techniques and address your questions, and we may not always have enough time to also complete the project.
What You'll Learn
- thread a machine
- wind a bobbin
- install a bobbin
- pivot at corners
- Parts of a sewing machine
- Common sewing terminology
- Tools to start a sewing kit
This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a refresher on the tools or techniques shown in this class.
Tools & Supplies
You will need:
- Any non-stretch fabric for practice
- 6" x 12" cotton fabric - Please have the fabric cut to this size before the class.
Stuffing to fill the pin cushion, like one of these options:
- Fiber fill
- Cotton balls
- Ground walnut shells
- Fabric scraps
- Sewing machine and any tools that were included with your machine
- Sewing kit:
- Fabric markers or chalk
- Pins or clips
- Pin cushion (if you're using pins)
- Seam ripper
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.
- All-purpose thread
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To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily teach private sewing classes and this class does not currently have any public dates available, but you can request it as a private sewing class.
See registration details below.
Instructor-led Private Classes/Lessons
Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for private classes or personalized lessons so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.
Online Sewing Classes
Choose from options for live, instructor-led sewing lessons over video chat or some recorded classes that are available to watch on-demand when you want.
I developed a unique virtual learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you, answer your questions, and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I personally guide you step by step.
Recorded On-demand Video
Some classes are available to enroll in to watch online and learn at your own pace. The techniques and projects shown are similar to the live classes. Follow along from your computer or mobile device when you want and return to pick up where you left off.
Learn more about my online learning options or register below for live, instructor led.
About the Instructor
Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years and offers beginner to advanced sewing lessons to students locally and virtually across the country. She's also an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College and is a member of the Fashion Design Advisory Committee. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps.
Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has detailed knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.
New registrations for instructor-led classes are temporarily closed
Thanks for your interest in taking sewing classes with me! Due to extremely high demand I am currently not available to take on more students. When open spots become available I will re-open registration. If you would like to be notified when registration is available please subscribe to the Ronkita Design newsletter.
This class is available as a recorded, on-demand video that you can watch online anytime you want and learn at your own pace.